Goldman was born on June 27, 1869, in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire; by the time she was twelve, her family had moved to St. Like most Eastern European Jews, Goldman’s family suffered under the political oppression and anti-Semitism of imperial Russia.
She fled Russia with her sister Helena in 1885, settling in Rochester, New York, where they were soon joined by the rest of their family.
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Our online archive begins with an introduction to anarchism and leads to many popular books, essays, and other resources that can be used for education, enlightenment, and empowerment.
She campaigned for legalized birth control, believing that contraception was essential to women’s social, sexual, and economic freedom.
Emma Goldman was arrested twice (19) and imprisoned once (1916) for lecturing and distributing material in support of birth control.
Her abilities as a speaker and writer contributed to her prominence among an international group of political radicals.
In the 1890s, Goldman worked as a nurse and a midwife among poor immigrants in New York City’s Lower East Side.
Anarchists believe that government is both harmful and unnecessary.
This does not necessarily mean that we, as a society, are without rules – but rather – we become liberated from the violence and corruption of the state, the elite, and those who falsely assume roles of authority over individuals.